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BEST IN CLASS | Fall's Most-Wanted Back to School Style Finds

  via Justice

Going back to school was always one of my favourite times of the year. I wasn't super stoked about the actual school part, but as someone who's always loved shopping, the end of summer meant only one thing to me: an epic shopping trip. Since I had an older sister most of my clothes were hand-me-downs, so I lived for this trip. This was the one chance all year to get clothes that were actually just for me. This was the one opportunity where I could go all out with fully accessorized outfits. This was one time where I could shop at my favourite stores, guilt-free. This was my moment. These clothes weren't worn-out or dated or stamped with my sister's style - they were mine. Aaallll mine. 

Our back-to-school shopping trip was always a big deal. We'd make a day of it and get everything from school supplies to backpacks to shoes to clothes. I remember my patient dad sitting on lots of benches. And then I'd display my first day of school outfit proudly in my room until Labour Day. Sure, we needed new clothes but I'm pretty convinced this was really just my parents' way of lessening the end-of-summer sadness that inevitably happens right around now. It worked. And I got sweet new clothes. Win. Win. 

Whether they're into emojis or Star Wars or sparkle, this fall's back to school finds are far from basic. Scroll down to see my top picks. Hope these last few weeks of summer are extra sweet xx


1. Solid Puffer Jacket, $36, The Children's Place | 2. Leopard Knit Jeggings, $12, The Children's Place | 3. Ruffle Shoulder Star Top, $10, The Children's Place | 4. Polka Dot Tutu Skirt, $15, The Children's Place | 5. Dot Print Drop Waist Dress, $25, The Children's Place | 6. Nevada Girls Quilted Bomber, $15, Sears | 7. Nevada Girls Reversible Puffer Vest, $19, Sears

1. BB8 Backpack (with lunchbag, not shown), $12, Sears | 2. Tassel BFF Necklace, $6, Claire's | 3. Here's the Plan Notebook, $15, Claire's | 4. Hello Kitty Canvas Backpack, $36.50, Claire's | 5. Foil Dot Star Tights, $8, The Children's Place | 6. Bow Headband, $5, The Children's Place | 7. Silver Belt, $6, Sears.

1. TOMS Slip-On Shoes, $44.99, Journeys | 2. Converse Cosmic Sneakers, $34.99, Journeys | 3. Quilted Ballet Flat, $21, The Children's Place | 4. Cat Ballet Flat, $21, The Children's Place | 5. Youth Adidas Superstars, $74.99, Journeys | 6. Hi-Top Sneakers, $24, The Children's Place | 7. Hunter Girl's Rainboots, $89.99, Soft Moc

1. Red Puffer Jacket, $36, The Children's Place | 2. Play Hard Nap Hard Tee, $5, The Children's Place | 3. Sudbury Wolves Cap, $37.99, LIDS | 4. Monster Truck Graphic Tee, $5, The Children's Place | 5. Striped Thermal Tee, $12, The Children's Place | 6. Toddler Boys Jogger Pants, $17, The Children's Place | 7. Canada Pocket Tee, $19, Roots.

1. Emoji Sweater, $18, The Children's Place | 2. 7-Pack Backpack Pins, $7.95, Garage | 3. Striped Patchwork Top, $24.90, Justice | 4. Emoji Patch Duffle, $29.90, Justice | 5. Donut Tee, $13, The Children's Place | 6. 4-Pack Food Pins, $8.50, Claire's | 7. Love Eye Emoji Patch, $2.95, Garage.


3 Outfits We'll Be Wearing on Repeat This Summer

via the impossibly cool Rocky Barnes

When faced with a hot summer day, looking cool is always the goal. Summer clothes are supposed to be carefree and easy, but so many of us struggle with going beyond what we already know - whether it's shorts and a tee or our fave summer dress. And so, we simply stick with our go-to's and go. 

While summer might seem like the perfect time to chill out, may I suggest chilling in something just a little more interesting? Simply add a handful of new pieces to your wardrobe mix- a cold shoulder top, culottes and a romper - and you'll be weekend wardrobe strong. Scroll down for the 3 outfit combos we'll be wearing on repeat all summer loooong...

via Sincerely Jules

1. Cold Shoulder Pintucked Shirt, $58, American Eagle | 2. Rhinestone Ear Jackets, $12, ALDO | 3. Denim Hi-Rise Shortie, $36, American Eagle | 4. Front Row Collection Sunglasses, $39.98, ALDO | 5. Suede Wedges, $50, ALDO

via Reformation

1. Kismet Ribbed Tank, $24.90, Bootlegger | 2. Faux Suede Wrap Choker, $12.95, Dynamite | 3. Crepe-Like Knit Culotte, $49.95, Le Château | 4. Faux Leather Bucket Bag, $65, American Eagle | 5. Open-Toe Slingbacks, $89.95, Le Château

via Instagram.com/sarakoonar

1. Cold Shoulder Romper, $59, American Eagle | 2. Ray-Ban Gold Erika Sunglasses, $210, Sunglass Hut | 3. Gold Statement Earrings, $10, ALDO | 4. Pom-Pom Crossbody, $50, ALDO | 5. Gladiators, $75, ALDO


FIESTA FASHION | 15 Bright Spring Finds to Get the Party Started

via Harper's Bazaar

Between this week's groundbreaking CHANEL Cruise presentation in Havana (watch it below), to yesterday's Cinco de Maya celebrations, I'm officially ready for a fiesta. The Chanel show eased its way into the party, with sophisticated neutrals gradually evolving into a full spectrum of happy brights. Cinco de Mayo, meanwhile, always heads straight for the piñata, with revelers rocking ruffles, beads and every colour of the rainbow each year until the sun sets(or the guacamole runs out). 

If you missed both parties (still waiting for my invite, Karl), don't despair. Now is the perfect time to start infusing playful brights into your wardrobe to get your own party started. See below for my fiesta-ready picks from New Sudbury Centre. Happy Friday! 

STYLE NOTES | This ruffled tank is a stand-alone piece thanks to its gorgeous colour and oversized ruffles. Keep the rest of your look simple with white jeans, neutral block-heel sandals and a pair of bright oversized earrings. 

OUR PICK | Strappy Cha Cha Top, $39.90, Ricki's 

STYLE NOTES | Love your lace-ups but ready for something more fun? A pair of bright laces will instantly reinvent your oxfords anytime you want to add a little extra kick to your look. 

OUR PICK | Novi Laces, $9.99, Call It Spring

STYLE NOTES | Add embroidery to a piece and it instantly gives it a personality of its own. This classic blue and white stunner is sure to turn heads at any summer party and is easy, breezy dressing at its best. Look for embroidered off-the-shoulder blouses or woven handbags to step away from your solids this summer. 

OUR PICK | Dex Emroidered Dress, $69, Bootlegger

STYLE NOTES | If there's one sandal update to look for this season, it's the block heel. Forget pin thin and impossible to walk in, the block heel is made for dancing for hours on end. While neutral is a practical choice, we're especially smitten with these colour-blocked beauties. 

OUR PICK | Block Heel Sandal, $90, ALDO

STYLE NOTES | Like a canvas to Frida Kahlo, a little white dress provides the perfect blank slate to all of summer's super bright accessories. Whether you add a bright headband, a pair of oversized earrings or colourful kicks, every colour will pop extra bright when worn with white. 

OUR PICK | Tiered Fringe Shift Dress, $58, American Eagle

STYLE NOTES | This beaded cuff is oversized and amazing thanks to its tassel detail and intricate beading detail - the perfect way to add interest if you typically wear nothing but black. 

OUR PICK | Multi-Beaded Bracelet with Tassels, $22.99, Jean Machine

STYLE NOTES | While you can always count on a ponytail or a baseball hat to hide a bad hair day, we're currently obsessed with super wide headbands. This orange stunner makes a major style statement while keeping those flyaways at bay. 

OUR PICK | Stretch Headband, $13, American Eagle

STYLE NOTES | Want to wear colour but not sure how to put it all together? A matching set is right on point this season and lets you look on trend without having to overthink it. We're loving the floral print on this lovely little matching set. 

OUR PICK | Printed Open-Back Halter Top & Shorts, Dynamite

STYLE NOTES | If you've been rocking your fedora all winter, it's time to replace it with something more celebratory for the warm weather. We are in love with this super fun embellished hat - perfect for keeping you covered all weekend long. I imagine this hat with a long black maxi dress, or a pair of distressed jeans and a floaty white blouse.

OUR PICK | Embellished Panama Hat, $22, ALDO

STYLE NOTES | From a big birthday party to your best friend's wedding, a celebration calls for something, well, celebratory. Leave your sombre little black dress at home and pick up a bright printed dress to show that you're totally ready to party. 

OUR PICK | Coral Popover Print Dress, $94.90, Ricki's 

STYLE NOTES | No mad mani skills required - these fun nail wraps will give your digits a serious style boost this spring. 

OUR PICK | Rad Nails Nail Wraps, $16, American Eagle

STYLE NOTES | If you've got a closet full of neutrals and just can't climb out of your rut, I have only one piece of homework for you - go buy this steal of a scarf. Simply loop it around your neck or tie it on your handbag to instantly brighten up every outfit. 

OUR PICK | Multi-Coloured Scarf, $12, ALDO

STYLE NOTES | If you're stuck in an office all day, it can be pretty tough to get your party on. We say, why spend your whole week waiting for the weekend? Sometimes all it takes to brighten your day (and create serious shoe envy amongst your co-workers) is a pair of bright coral laser-cut pumps. Neeeed. 

OUR PICK | Suede Pointy-Toe Pumps, $110, Le Château

STYLE NOTES | Whether you're single and looking, married with kids, or already retired, women of every age deserve great sunglasses. We're currently loving these bright Gatsby sunglasses from Ray-Ban - playful and flattering and above all, fun. If you're on a budget, these ALDO sunglasses give you a similar look for less. 

OUR PICK | Ray-Ban Gatsby Sunglasses, $220, Sunglass Hut

STYLE NOTES | Suffering from black bag boredom? I'm pretty sure we've found the cure in the form of this rainbrow bright beauty of a clutch. Wear it with white or denim or black, or anytime you need an endorphin boost. So fun, right?

OUR PICK | Rainbow Envelope Clutch, $40, ALDO